MILFORD - Studies show that nearly one out of three women and one out of four men will experience some type of physical abuse in their lifetime.To raise awareness about this important and prevalent topic, Safe Haven of Pike County celebrates Domestic Violence Awareness Month every October.

The commemoration is referred to as Paint Pike Purple, with purple ribbons displayed as a symbol to help raise awareness.

This year, they are hosting several community events free of charge. The public is asked to show your support for survivors of domestic abuse.

Safe Haven suggests that if you cannot attend an event, you can still wear purple and use the hashtag #paintpikepurple or tag Safe Haven.

Events scheduled include:

Monday, 10/1: Ribbon Hanging Ceremony with State Rep. Rosemary Brown
9 a.m.- 193 Municipal Drive, Bushkill

Wednesday, 10/3: Commissioner's Proclamation Against Domestic Violence
9 a.m.- Commissioner's Meeting Room

Thursday, 10/11: Pledge Wall Against Domestic Violence
6-8 p.m.- Safe Haven Lawn: 402 Broad Street, Milford

Saturday, 10/13: Milford Borough Community Safety Day
10-3 p.m.- Anne Street Park, Milford

Saturday, 10/13: Open Mic Night
6:30 p.m.- Frisky Goat Coffee Shop, Milford

Monday, 10/15: Family Forum: Recognizing & Responding to Child Abuse
5:45 p.m.- United Methodist Church: 115 Myck Rd, Dingmans Ferry

Saturday, 10/20: Clothesline Project
12 p.m.- Safe Haven Lawn: 402 Broad Street, Milford

Wednesday, 10/24: Sacred Drumming
7 p.m.- Good Shepherd Episcopal Church: 110 W Catherine St, Milford

Thursday, 10/25: Candlelight Vigil
6-8 p.m.- Milford Community House: 201 Broad St, Milford.

For more information call Safe Haven of Pike County at 570-296-2827; email empowerment@shopc.org or visit shopcempowers.org and their Facebook page.

They maintain a 24-hour crisis phone line at 570-296-HELP (4357).